Wednesday 24 January 2018

Poldark fans just can't cope with devastating ending of first season

Ross Poldark cradles baby Julia
Ross Poldark cradles baby Julia
Ross Poldark walks the path carrying his daughter's coffin on his shoulder Photo: BBC
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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An estimated 10m Poldark fans are reeling after the devastating, dramatic finale of the first series of BBC 1's compelling period drama.

Although Irish star Aidan Turner's occasional chest-baring as Ross Poldark has dominated Twitter feeds in recent weeks, the finale prompted an entirely different reaction from fans.


As Ross's finances came under threat he headed off to try to save them leaving Demelza and their baby Julia at home.

Demelza, however, hearing that Francis, Elizabeth and their son were sick with Putrid Throat went off to nurse them (despite the fact that Elizabeth is a rival for her own husband's affections) and contracted the illnesss (diptheria) herself and then, horror of horrors, transmitted it to Julia.

When Ross returned he could do little with his delirious wife or dying baby daughter, who he cradled in his arms and said, “I will stay with her. I would not have her be afraid”.

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As if that wasn't devastating enough viewers then watched the broken father carry his little girl's coffin to her final resting place.  There cannot have been a viewer who didn't sob big fat salty tears. 

That's a virtual Niagara Falls of watery emotion shed last night, and many fans shared their distress on Twitter, not only at the sad turn of events for Ross and Demelza, but also that the episode was the last one of the current series.

What to do on Sunday nights?  (Don't worry, a second series is in the offing)

Many also contemplated phoning in sick to work this morning with the dreaded Putrid Throat...

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